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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, between 1500 and 1526
M.363 fol. 41v

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel holds scepter in left hand and raises right forefinger. At right is dove of Holy Ghost descending on rays toward Mary, rays as nimbus, kneeling with hands crosses before draped prie-dieu, upon which is open book with pseudo-inscription. Scene in room with bed with canopy and chest beneath open window.
In niches of architectural frame are rose pendant on beaded necklace, gold vessel with jewels, rosary beads, flowers in pot, and moth. At bottom is peacock, beside daisies in flower pot, and egg, all before three portals open onto landscape setting.

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